QUOTE(flobiano @ Mar 30 2012, 12:59 PM)
QUOTE(Swell Box @ Mar 30 2012, 09:24 AM)
QUOTE(CJB @ Mar 30 2012, 09:09 AM)
QUOTE(Maizie @ Mar 30 2012, 09:02 AM)
QUOTE(Swell Box @ Mar 30 2012, 08:44 AM)
Or am I being cynical as usual?
Well if you are, I am too - I was discussing this idea with my husband last night!!
Let's put some (purely speculative) figures to this:
There are something like 20 million cars and vans on our roads. Many of these will have been driven around with less than half a tankfull of fuel in recent months owing to the high cost of filling up.
If twenty million motorists are persuaded to fill their tanks with (let's say) an additional 40 litres of fuel each, that adds up to 800,000,000 litres.
I don't know how much of that will be tax, but it is probably around 85 pence per litre, so George Osborne gains around GBP 680,000,000 overnight with no effort at all.
Added to which, HM Government collects about 50% of North Sea oil revenues in tax.
And all because the Energy Minister said "don't panic Mr Mainwaring".
Even Gordon Brown couldn't have thought that one up!
Edit: It has just occurred to me; many filling stations also sell hot pasties.
I see some poor women has received 40% burns from decanting petrol in her kitchen!
I don't know what makes me despair the most - the stupidity and irresponsibility of the Government suggesting that people stockpile highly flammable liquids in their houses for no apparent reason or the stupidity and irresponisbility of anyone handling toxic flammable solvent in their kitchen while they have the oven on.
Surely the time has come to make anyone standing for Parliament pass some sort of basic IQ/ competence/ common sense test?!?
I suspect that most current day MP's would fail any kind of intelligence test, irrespective of which side of the House they sit on. They may sit in the Commons, but common sense is something they all clearly lack.
However, what I dislike more than anything are the hidden agendas of the various parties. I watched QT last night as usual, and was struck that Sarah Tether (Lib Dem) clearly didn't have any sense of humour, which I would regard as essential in any such post.
Meanwhile, Douglas Alexander was accusing the Tories of being swayed by big donors, but refused to say that the Unite union (one of Labour's biggest donors) should call off the tanker drivers strike. Pot, kettle, anyone?
However, I must say I do enjoy listening to some of the old hands who have long stood down. I didn't have much time for Sir Anthony Wedgewood Ben's politics when he was in power, but he seems to talk more sense now than the rest of them put together. Ken Clarke is another old hand who seems to be able to look through the politics to see common sense.
Maybe I am just getting old?